Monday, March 18, 2013
Unamkumbuka Morris Nyunyusa? (Kwa wanaojua "ngeli tu")
Our heroes: The late Morris Nyunyusa:Tanzania’s legendary blind drummer, whose composition has been adopted by TBC as news bulletin signature.Nyunyusa’s drums-only melody,followed by six beeps synchronised to the last six seconds to the hour, before ‘Hii ni taarifa ya habari kutoka radio Tanzania Dar es Salaam.,” has hypnotised listeners for over half a century now. Moris lost his sight at the age of three after a severe attack of smallpox. He shifted from marimba to drums in 1935. His mentor in drumming was Mohamed Kalesa, who taught him on the three drums,but Nyunyusa had increased this number from 3 to 7 by 1958, before he was discovered by the Tanganyika Broadcasting Corporation in 1959. Nyunyusa was recorded by the late Salim Seif Mkamba for the first time in 1959, and this was subsequently followed by regular invitations from TBC to many national festivals. The government decided to shift Moris Nyunyusa from Tunduru to Dar es Salaam in 1969. One year later he starred in representing the nation at the Expo-70 in Tokyo, Japan. After that he managed to attract international acclaim. From 1970 he was fully employed in the ministries that dealt with culture. From time to time the department of culture has been transferred from one ministry to another. From 1970 to his retirement in 1992; the late Nyunyusa assumed different posts, until he finally retired with the title of Assistant Senior Cultural Officer. Nyunyusa had been the true cultural ambassador for our country through his talent in more than 15 countries that he visited in Africa and Europe, despite his handicapedness. He passed away in 1999. Today, most of his family are living in Mtoni kwa Aziz Ali suburb in Dar es Salaam which was his residence.